CALGARY (CityNews) – Halloween and Thanksgiving are not cancelled.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi made the announcement and advised everyone to take extra caution during this year’s festivities.
However, the city is recommending using many different methods to hand out candy to keep physical distancing measures:
- A ‘candy chute’
- Spacing treats on your lawn on a blanket
- Hanging the candy from a tree
On Halloween Sampson and the mayor demonstrate how people can use a tube to hand out candy pic.twitter.com/CrPMlGhN4l
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) October 6, 2020
Nenshi said to make sure to wear a mask if kids are going to come right up to you and if you don’t feel well, don’t hand out candy.
“Kids should go out trick-or-treating with other kids in their bubble and refrain from ringing the bell,” said Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary Emergency Management.
“Make sure they wash their hands when they get home. For extra protection, have kids wear a real mask instead of a costume mask, or under their mask if it doesn’t impact their ability to breathe.”
Sampson: This has been a long and difficult year and some people are lonely, depressed and burnt out. Gathering with loved ones is important, Thanksgiving should go ahead but take precautions.
— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) October 6, 2020
The city is also recommending purchasing extra candy a few days before Halloween and put it aside as an extra precaution.
After trick-or-treating, the city joked that candy should be “quarantined” for a couple of days, and the extra treats purchased can be enjoyed during that time.
Don’t want your kids going door to door? Get some trusted friends together for “trunk-or-treating” and have kids go car to car to get treats in an outdoor parking lot.
Halloween is a time for being creative. The city has listed a few alternatives for trick or treating.
- Trunk or Treat
- Take your kids on a scavenger hunt;
- Have a block party outdoors;
- Do a Zoom dance party with friends;
- Attend one of several drive-in events across Calgary; or
- Consider other seasonal activities like picking pumpkins and carving them, doing an outdoor corn maze, and if it is warm enough a scary outdoor movie in the back yard.
WATCH: Mayor Naheed Nenshi and CEMA chief Tom Sampson are expected to speak about staying safe while enjoying Thanksgiving and Halloween.
Nenshi is asking Calgarians to respect everyone’s choice on whether they are or are not participating in Halloween.
“If you want to have trick-or-treaters leave your lights on so your neighbours know you are comfortable having kids come to your door for candy. Halloween is a great tradition, but some people will want to do things differently this year and that’s okay too. Whatever you decide to do, consider finding decorations, candy, and costumes at local shops. We need to respect each other’s choices and above all else, we need to be kind.”
For Thanksgiving, Nenshi said it is important that Thanksgiving doesn’t get cancelled, and while 2020 has been a tough year, “we still have a lot to be thankful for.”
Families can still get together, however, it is recommended that everyone uses their own serving utensils, and if you are not feeling well Nenshi recommends letting your family know ahead of time so, “they can send you food in a doggy bag.”
However you choose to celebrate, follow the guidance set out by Alberta Health and stay safe.